English lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language.
The first balloon is flown in Ireland.
U.S. troops under James Wilkinson lay siege to the Spanish-held city of Mobile in future state of Alabama.
At the Battle of Azimghur, the Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists.
President Lincoln mobilizes Federal army.
‘Wild Bill’ Hickok becomes the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
With her band playing on the deck, the ocean liner Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. in the North Atlantic.
British forces defeat the Germans at the Battle of Arras.
The first sound films shown to a paying audience are exhibited at the Rialto Theater in New York City.
Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
French and British troops land at Narvik, Norway.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is buried on the grounds of his Hyde Park home.
Arab forces are defeated in battle with Israeli forces.
President Harry Truman signs the official Japanese peace treaty.
Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro begins a U.S. goodwill tour.
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizes at Shaw University.
North Vietnamese troops ambush a company of Delta Raiders from the 101st Airborne Division near Fire Support Base Bastogne in Vietnam. The American troops are on a rescue mission.
U.S. warplanes attack Libya.
Today in History: Born on April 15
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, scientist and visionary
Catherine I, empress of Russia
Charles Wilson Peale, portrait painter and inventor
Sir James Clark Ross, Scottish explorer who located the Magnetic North Pole.
Wilhelm Busch, German painter and poet, created the precursor to the comic strip.https://ab612c9a00732a1ea988fd7059c2aef7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Henry James, writer and critic.
George Harrison Shull, American botanist, developer of hybrid corn.
Johannes Stark, Novel Prize-winning German physicist.
Max Wertheimer, Czech-born psychologist.
Asa Phillip Randolph, American labor leader and Civil Rights advocate.https://ab612c9a00732a1ea988fd7059c2aef7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Thomas Hart Benton, painter, muralist.
Bessie Smith, American blues singer.
Arshile Gorky, abstract painter.
Neville Mariner, conductor.
Harold Washington, first black mayor of Chicagohttps://ab612c9a00732a1ea988fd7059c2aef7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Eva Figes, British novelist.
Jeffrey Archer, English novelist and politician (Kane and Abel, Honor Among Thieves).